Around the Web – An Advent/Christmas Music Edition

The birth of Christ has inspired musicians and composers through the millennia. There are many beautiful musical traditions in our churches and culture today, even if our current western culture sometimes gets a little confused as to when Christmas time actually begins! It is often a good way to connect with other Christian denominations and [...]

Mindful Twittering

In 1991 the Australian political scientist, sociologist and historian, Paul Duffy SJ, concluded his major study1 of the role and nature of the media by arguing that if Catholics are to take the Gospel seriously, they also needed to take the media seriously. In his book, Paul Duffy proposed a three-point strategy. Firstly Christians needed [...]

You’re So Lucky… I mean Blessed!

How often when we congratulate another’s success or admire someone’s latest acquisition, do we say ‘you're lucky’.  In saying these words in some way we want to recognise that this person has been given some terrific gift, whether it be due to their own hard work and accomplishment or to some other circumstance. But do [...]

Our Patronesses

Over twenty years ago, St John Paul II wrote in his Apostolic Letter on the Dignity and Vocation of Women (Mulieris Dignitatem): ‘From the beginning of Christ’s mission, women show to him and to his mystery a special sensitivity which is characteristic of their femininity. It must also be said that this is especially confirmed in [...]